My research focus is comparative Byzantine, Balkan, and Turkic history and culture in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. I am particularly interested in the figures Manuel II Palaiologos and Yildirim I Bayezid, and Christian perceptions of Islam and Muslims.
COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT
My current usual offerings are:
- 510:213 The Crusades
- 510:255 Dracula: Facts & Fictions
- Seminars (History, Honors) Medieval Cluny, Christendom & Islam
- 510:509 The Teaching of History
- 510:541 Colloquium in Global History
My key articles on late Byzantine and early Ottoman history are published as Late Byzantine and Early Ottoman Studies (Ashgate, 2014). I am also the principal editor of TO ELLENIKON: Studies in Honor of Speros Vryonis, Jr., vol. 1, Hellenic Antiquity and Byzantium, and vol. 2, Byzantinoslavica, Islamica, the Balkans and Modern Greece (Caratzas, 1993). I am the coordinating translator and editor of the English edition of Matei Cazacu’s Dracula (Brill, 2017).
- Byzantine Studies Association of North America
- Turkish Studies Association
- Medieval Academy of America